People come to Zen for many reasons. Some want to relieve stress and improve their emotional and physical well-being. Some seek out Zen as an aid to enhance mental concentration. Sometimes attending Zen practice fulfills a school assignment, and sometimes there is just a curiosity that needs to be met. All of these reasons are important.

Ultimately, however, Zen practice offers a way for each of us to understand ourselves and this world very deeply. From this place of understanding it is possible to respond with wisdom and compassion to all that we encounter.

Coming Events Getting Started News

Thursday, November 27
No practice due to the Thanksgiving holiday

Sunday, December 7
Sunday morning practice 

Thursday December 11
Buddha's Enlightenment Ceremony

Sunday, December 21
No Sunday morning practice due to the Christmas holiday

Saturday, January 10
One-day retreat



Everyone is welcome to attend Thursday evening practice and practice the first Sunday of each month. An orientation is provided to all newcomers with a more extensive introduction to Zen offered the first Thursday of each month.

If you are coming for the first time, we encourage you to arrive 5-10 minutes before practice begins and to bring any questions you might have. Following practice you'll have an opportunity to get to know other members of our group as we serve refreshments and take some time to socialize.


Congratulations to our Abbot David Peters!

David's first book, Who Is Singing In Chinese? Notes From A 100-Year Retreat, has just been published by Firethroat Press. It is an account of David's years as a Zen student and dharma teacher, and his accompanying insights into this ongoing work we call Zen practice. Our thanks to David for all his efforts with this project and our congratulations on a book our School Zen Master, Zen Master Soeng Hyang, describes as "Warm, funny, and profoundly intelligent. A gem!"

Congratulations Zen Master Ji Haeng!

The Isthmus Zen Community's guiding teacher, Thom Pastor, received a new dharma name and title, Ji Haeng Soen Sa or "Wisdom Action Zen Master", in a dharma transmission ceremony on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Providence Zen Center in Cumberland, Rhode Island, headquarters temple of the international Kwan Um School of Zen.

Warmest congratulations and heartfelt thanks to our guiding teacher for taking on this new role!